Playwrights Foundation is dedicated to professional development and mentorship for aspiring nonprofit administrators, artists, and arts managers. We offer creative, ambitious, and savvy individuals the opportunity to receive instruction and on-the-job training working as either interns or fellows within the organization, working directly with the Foundation’s small, but mighty leadership team.
Spend your spring and/or summer as part of the Playwrights Foundation team! We generally operate on a 3-semester calendar: Fall (September through December), Spring (January through May) and Summer (June through August).
Our interns are an integral part of our close-knit team. Internships are for currently enrolled students in a degree program; fellowships are higher-level placements for candidates who have completed a degree, or seeking practical experience as a bridge to a career.
All positions are designed for early career theater artists with an interest in the inner workings of a nonprofit playwright accelerator. Summer interns assist with all aspects of Festival production, including event planning, scheduling, development, social media, front of house, and production assistance, as well as some daily office tasks. Other roles work with year-round initiatives and projects. All require creative, thoughtful and extremely proactive individuals for whom no task is too small or too large, and who are willing to learn and stretch.
A background and/or education in theater is mandatory; a passion for new plays and playwrights is preferred. Candidates must be available for a minimum 2-month term, with 3 months preferred, and will require a commitment of at least 10-15 hours per week. Some nights and weekends may be required.
All positions, while unpaid, provide active training, resume-building, and on-the-job experience. Most work takes place at our offices in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, with Production Interns/Fellows deploying to rehearsal spaces, theaters, and other venues during the Festival.
In addition to adding practical experience to your resume, interns enjoy these benefits:
Admission to all Playwrights Foundation events
Recommendation letters (upon request)
Modest travel stipend
Participation in the lively Bay Area theater community
We’re accepting applications now and will be reviewing them on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.
If you’re not able to commit to a full internship, but still want to get involved, explore one of our volunteer opportunities below.
Passionate and enthusiastic volunteers are always welcome and deeply appreciated. Contact us to find out about upcoming volunteer projects.
Current Volunteer Opportunities:
Sponsorship Associate: We’re looking for an outgoing, friendly individual who will work closely with the General Manager willing to cold-call to solicit in-kind goods and services for Spring and Summer events as well as for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. This role can be mostly fulfilled remotely.
40th Anniversary Archive Associate: Is organization your thing? Is your sock drawer color-coded? We want to talk to you. We’re currently gathering 40 years of archives in preparation for our 40th Anniversary Celebration. We’re looking for a research-minded individual to help us select the most wonderful images and content from four decades of archives and turn them into beautiful displays and materials.
Volunteers will also be needed in a variety of roles for our July Bay Area Playwrights Festival:
Front of house:
Food and beverage running
Hosts and greeters
The always glamorous set up, clean up and load out
Interested? Give Lorenz a call at 415.626.2176 or email himto sign up.